Before a student can commence a placement in a NSW Health facility, students must be meet the mandatory requirements for police check, code of conduct, immunisations etc.
- Australian police checks must be obtained from an Australian State or Territory Police Force, the Australian Federal Police, or an Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) accredited body only.
- National criminal record checks are valid for five years since the date of issue.
- If a charge or conviction is listed on the National Police Check, then students must apply for a risk assessment.
- National police check frequently asked questions
Students who change their name do not need to obtain a new Police Check in their new name if they can provide a Marriage Certificate or Change of Name Certificate.
NSW Health staff members do not need to provide a Police Check. They need to contact HETI Clinical Placements to enter their NSW Health police check information into ClinConnect.
- Overseas students are required to provide a National Police Check from their home country or any country they have resided in since turning 18 years of age. If they cannot provide this police check, they can sign the Overseas Student Statutory Declaration.
- Students must undertake vaccinations as per policy.
- Immunisation frequently asked questions.
- Vaccinations for all students must be assessed during the student's first year of study.
- Students need to complete the Health Declaration (Appendix 6) which can be found at the back of the policy directive.
- Students attending placements in Commonwealth subsidised aged care facilities may be required to sign the Aged Care Statutory Declaration.
- Students attending placements with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service providers, may be subject to further requirements including having to have a police check every 4 years.
- Students in Medicine, Midwifery, Dentistry & Oral Health and Paramedicine are required to be screened for Blood Borne Viruses every three years. Students are required to then sign the declaration and present it to NSW Health as part of the verification process.
- This requirement only applies to students commencing a course in one of these disciplines from 24/06/2019.
- Student declaration
Students are strongly encouraged to have a flu vaccination each year. It is mandatory however for students attending placements in High Risk Category A areas to have the southern hemisphere's flu vaccination each year. Students not able to have the flu vaccination or who refuse vaccination, will be required to wear a surgical mask or be re-deployed to a non-High Risk area for the duration of the placement.
Students are not required to undertake first aid training or have a Working With Children's Check before placement in NSW Health.
Compliance and verification
*See the Clinical Placements in NSW Health Policy Directive for the definition of Temporary Compliance.
The ClinConnect system only records a student's compliance status (entered by NSW Health). Compliance documentation is not uploaded into ClinConnect by the student, Education Provider or NSW Health.
If students are emailing compliance documentation to NSW Health, it MUST come from their Education Provider issued email address or the one they have registered with their Education Provider. All documents MUST be scanned in colour. Students MUST also provide their student ID card for each verification assessment.
NSW Health Staff
NSW Health staff who become students are required to present some documentation for verification. NSW Health staff are required to re-sign the Code of Conduct and be re-assessed for their vaccination compliance. Staff members however do not need to purchase a new Police Check. They can contact HETI Clinical Placements who will be able to source their police check undertaken by NSW Health.